The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.
Pink is the quintessential color for compassion, hope and unconditional love. It is a calming color that inspires a positive outcome. Compassion and patience are virtues that are essential to the healing process. We are born with a remarkable power to navigate difficult times and to digest the experience, but trusting the plan and moving into acceptance is not easy. In the midst of challenging life events we may not be able to fathom that there is purpose or value to it.
A classic story from ancient Indian, Vedic times illustrate this point.
A wise man had two things in life that he treasured—his son and his pony. One day, his son had left the gate to the corral open and the pony escaped. His neighbors, hearing that he had lost his prized possession, came over to offer their condolences, to which he responded, “We’ll see.”
The next day the pony returned, and following it right into his corral were three beautiful wild horses. When the neighbors heard of this fortuitous turn of events, they paid him another visit to congratulate him on his good fortune. Again, he responded, “We’ll see.”
The following day, his son decided to try and ride one of the new horses, but on his first attempt was thrown to the ground, breaking his leg. Again rather than judging the event, the wise man considered the situation with patience and acceptance.
Sure enough, the next day the army came to town and rounded up every able- bodied young man to fight a battle. Because of his injury, the son was left behind.
We have all had painful experiences that left us feeling disconnected, but then later revealed themselves to be essential steps to greater love and well being in our lives. Sometimes tragedy turns into a blessing in disguise. Holding onto a job that was crushing our creativity, being involved in a relationship that offered false security, or dealing with the devastation from hearing the words you have breast cancer may actually be invitations from life to participate more fully.
If we can remain open to the possibility that all episodes of life have meaning, we have opportunity to grow, heal, and awaken to a deeper sense of love, gratitude, and compassion. Wisdom springboards from asking what are the experiences showing me, not why are they occurring.
The integrative holistic therapies offered by our practitioners at Holy Redeemer and the Healing Consciousness Foundation are integral to illuminating and supporting the journey to healing. Therapies range from reiki and guided imagery to nutritional coaching and massage. For people diagnosed with breast cancer the Healing Consciousness Foundation, founded by Dr. Beth Dupree, gifts Healing Certificates to provide patients with one-on-one healing therapies that fit their individual needs.
Hutchinson earned her graduate degree as a Physician Assistant with honors and enjoyed 18 years working on a cardiac surgery team in Wilmington, Delaware. During those years, she championed programs using complementary healing modalities during surgery and in the post operative period. World travels began professionally in 1990 when Hutchinson accompanied the heart team to China. This exposure to the "Eastern way" served as a catalyst for her to further her studies of ancient healing traditions, Meditation, Integrative Medicine, Ayurveda, and Energy Medicine.
In 2006 Hutchinson started the Center for Integrative Health within the Christiana Care Health System. She coached and partnered with clients as they embarked on various lifestyle changes that included healthier food choices, stress management, exercise, and uncovering the higher meanings in life challenges.
Currently, Hutchinson is known for her mind-body healing techniques, guiding clients into deeper states of relaxation to facilitate the release of reactive patterns that are no longer serving them. She continues to be involved in holistic health promotion, lecturing, and maintains a private practice.